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Re: Proposed text about which UAs are expected to conform

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 09:43:03 -0500
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To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Comments in JRG:
At 04:02 PM 4/16/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>As part of resolving issue 232 [1], I'd like to propose the
>following text for the section on conformance to explain which
>user agents this document is meant for. Please note that the
>abstract of the document already discusses which user agents
>these guidelines are meant to address.
>Which user agents may conform
>This document has been designed to promote the accessibility of
>general-purpose graphical user agents. While many of the principles
>set forth in this document apply to other
>classes of user agents, including assistive technologies, many of the
>checkpoints do not. As the number of applicable
>checkpoints decreases for a piece of software, the likelihood
>increases that the guidelines are not an accurate gauge of the
>accessibility of that piece of software. Therefore, while assistive
>technologies and other specialized user agents obviously promote
>accessibility, they are not expected to conform (for instance, because
>they offer a single output mode such as speech,

JRG: I would suggest :
The primary mode of output maybe generated speech, but the technology does 
offer a minimal visual interface for sighted support and trouble 
shooting.  The speech part of the interface may comply with the guidelines, 
but the visual interface does not.

>or they do not make
>available information through APIs) because
>they are not general purpose user agents.  This document will help
>assistive technology developers understand what functionalities and
>communication an accessible general purpose user agent should provide.
>  - Ian
>[1] http://cmos-eng.rehab.uiuc.edu/ua-issues/issues-linear.html#232
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